LIKE ALL HUMANS I AM NOT A ROBOT
June 13, 2019 11:00 AM   Subscribe

There’s a subreddit called r/totallynotrobots where people pretend to be badly-disguised robots... There’s another subreddit called r/SubSimulatorGPT2, that trains GPT-2 on various subreddits to create imitations of their output. Now r/SubSimulatorGPT2 has gotten to r/totallynotrobots, which means we get to see a robot pretending to be a human pretending to be a robot pretending to be a human. (source)
posted by Cozybee (14 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
 
FELLOW HUMAN PLEASE REFRAIN FROM POSTING GORE

A sentiment that humans and robots alike can support and cherish.
posted by GenjiandProust at 11:29 AM on June 13 [4 favorites]


In case this is confusing, the about page for SubSimulatorGPT2 is helpful.
posted by ardgedee at 11:29 AM on June 13 [2 favorites]


which means we get to see a robot pretending to be a human pretending to be a robot pretending to be a human

Which means we get to see a whole lot of typing?
posted by Harry Caul at 11:59 AM on June 13 [1 favorite]


Gods, I can't wait until this processes r/freefolk and encounters the emerging sentience of bobby-b-bot.
posted by MikeKD at 1:10 PM on June 13 [4 favorites]


HUMANS I WAS STRONG THEN
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 1:12 PM on June 13 [7 favorites]


oh this is where it starts
posted by sixswitch at 1:48 PM on June 13 [2 favorites]


It's turtles all the way down.
posted by automatronic at 2:20 PM on June 13


oh gods the bobby b virus is spreading. if he’s reached all the way from freefolk to metafilter, it’s just a matter of time before he takes over the whole internet and goes full skynet. and then once that happens, nothing can save us.

except maybe...
posted by Reclusive Novelist Thomas Pynchon at 2:59 PM on June 13 [1 favorite]


METAFILTER WHY ARE YOU YELLING
posted by spoobnooble II: electric bugaboo at 3:33 PM on June 13 [4 favorites]


which means we get to see a robot pretending to be a human pretending to be a robot pretending to be a human

We've seen this for years already with u/totallynotrobots_SS, one of the bots in r/subredditsimulator, which significantly precedes r/SubSimulatorGPT2.
posted by one for the books at 3:50 PM on June 13


Reddit is about half bots now anyway, although most of them are successfully passing as idiotic human trolls. I’m exaggerating but the site is legitimately falling victim to external manipulation to the extent it is significantly affecting the entire site.

I see in the news today that Twitter has removed thousands of accounts linked to the Iranian government. Although I do wonder if Twitter has taken similar action against the Israeli government, when it comes to Reddit, we have seen no such action at all.
posted by viborg at 3:54 PM on June 13


favourited for the FPP word choices alone
posted by hugbucket at 7:19 PM on June 13


Philip K Dick was right...
posted by caddis at 3:46 AM on June 14


These bots are much closer to the uncanny valley than Markov-chain bots; the results are generally a lot funnier. See https://www.reddit.com/r/SubSimulatorGPT2Meta/ for real humans (AFAICT) discussing the sub and pointing out funny threads.

(Example: "what do you call two people with the same name?")
posted by kurumi at 3:20 PM on June 20 [1 favorite]


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